Beach Nourishment Progress Update for May 11

Trained staff from Mote Marine Laboratory relocated the first loggerhead sea turtle nest found in the beach nourishment project area.
May 11, 2016 | Trained staff from Mote Marine Laboratory relocated the first loggerhead sea turtle nest found in the beach nourishment project area. When nests are laid in active nourishment or truck-hauling areas, or areas that will receive sand within 65 days, Mote scientists who are permitted by the state will move nests to unaffected areas where construction activity will not disturb them.
The first relocation went well; there were 115 eggs that should hatch approximately 55 days from the date they were laid. Please do not attempt to move nests or interact with sea turtles. Such activity is illegal. Mote personnel are specially permitted to work with sea turtles and their nests. If you are concerned about a nest, hatchlings or adult turtles, please contact Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program at 941-388-4331.2016beachnourishmentturtlenest5111474091726051116 2016beachnourishmentturtleneststaked5111474091132051116